Details of the studentships and how to apply can be found on the Graduate School webpage: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/graduateschool/?page_id=314
Current PhD Studentships available include:

Project topics:

Either

‘The role of media in the communication of health, environmental and ethical messages about plant-based diets in the UK’

The environmental impact of food production and consumption is considerable, with meat and dairy accounting for the highest proportion of food-related greenhouse gas emissions. As well as the environmental impact, some recent scientific studies link meat and dairy consumption to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers. With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, meat and dairy consumption at current levels is unsustainable and therefore systems of food production and norms of consumption are currently under scrutiny. Strategies to decrease meat and dairy consumption could prove important to future food security and there is increasing interest in the environmental, health and ethical benefits of plant-based diets. This project will contribute to these debates, exploring the role of mainstream and social media in the communication of health, environmental and ethical messages about plant-based diets in the UK. Proposals that examine critically the role of media in shaping cultural norms of meat and dairy consumption, debates on sustainable ethical food, and/or discourses on plant-based diets are welcome. The research approach will be determined by the interests and expertise of the candidate. The topic is aligned to the main research themes of the new Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) at Edge Hill University.

For further information please contact: Professor Claire Molloy molloyc@edgehill.ac.uk

Or

‘The role of media in shaping public perceptions of risk and the communication of health, environmental and ethical messages about ‘food scares’’

Food scares, such as the ‘horsemeat scandal’, BSE, salmonella and listeria, have undermined public faith in food systems and in food safety generally. Mainstream media and social media have played important roles in the communication and management of food risk messages. How media shape the discourses on food risk and the public perception of food safety is particularly important. Yet, the ways in which social media interact with, support or contest the mainstream media discourses on food scares are not well understood. This project will examine the role of mainstream and social media in the communication of risk, health, environmental, animal welfare and ethical messages about food scares in the UK. Proposals which examine amplifiers of risk, explore the relationship between media and public trust, and/or analyse how animal welfare messages impact on the public understanding of food risk are especially welcome. The research approach will be determined by the interests and expertise of the candidate. The topic is aligned to the main research themes of the new Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) at Edge Hill University.

Deadline: 28 February 2014.

For further information please contact: Professor Claire Molloy molloyc@edgehill.ac.uk

Details of the studentships and how to apply can be found on the Graduate School webpage: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/graduateschool/?page_id=314